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Last week our Director, Anna Lawson, spoke at Maastricht University at an event about the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Practice, co-organised by Dr. Andrea Broderick of Maastricht University. Those speaking at the event provided a co-ordinated series of accounts regarding how the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with…
We are delighted to announce that Miro Griffiths MBE is joining the team at the Centre for Disability Studies. Miro is taking up the position of Teaching Fellow in Disability Studies, based at the School of Sociology and Social Policy. “Welcome Miro!” Many people will know Miro as a leading UK-based disability activist. Over the past few…
Last week CDS colleague Bryan Matthews of the Institute for Transport Studies ran a meeting of the ITS-UK’s Inclusive Mobility Interest Group, which took place at the offices of ITS-UK in central London. TS-UK is the UK’s national organisation sharing knowledge and experience in relation to Intelligent Transport Systems. The meeting served to relaunch the group,…
Recently our Deputy Director, Dr Angharad Beckett was pleased to be asked to be the Keynote Speaker at a Council of Europe and European Network on Independent Living Study Session for young disability activists. The focus of the session was Citizenship and Political Participation. She enjoyed meeting young activists (18-35yrs) from across Europe – including…
We are delighted to announce that our Director, Professor Anna Lawson has become a member of the EHRC’s new Disability Advisory Committee. Members of this committee bring a wealth of expertise relating to disability, human rights and social justice. They will inform and advise the Commission’s work to protect and promote rights and equality for disabled people….
We are pleased to announce a new research project – U-LEAD – directed by Professor Anna Lawson in collaboration with Dr Angharad Beckett, Professors Mark Priestley, Gerard Quinn and Luke Clements. It aims to generate a body of research on disability, conducted by people in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong who have lived experience of disability. U-LEAD’s…
At a seminar chaired by CDS’ Bryan Matthews (Institute of Transport Studies) Angela Greenaway (Head of the Accessibility Strategy Team, at the Department for Transport) presented the work of the Accessibility and Inclusion Unit and the aims of its Accessibility Strategy.  The discussion and questions from staff and students covered the wide portfolio of ongoing DFT…
A new special issue of the journal Social Inclusion was published today under the title ‘Disability Equality: In Theory and Practice’ (2018, Volume 6, Issue 1). This is an open access journal with all papers freely available to view and download. The direct link for this publication is: https://www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion/issue/view/83 The issue is edited by Professor…
Congratulations to Dr Ged Doherty on passing his PhD examination with a thesis on the nature and extent of mate crime offending against disabled people and institutional responses. Mate crimes are said to occur when disabled people are victimised by people purporting to be their friends. Cases can escalate and several murders of disabled people…